St Stephen’s Rector is The Rev. Nils Chittenden. He is married to Kelly Skaggs and they moved into the Rectory at the start of 2015 along with their three cats, following their relocation from North Carolina. In 2019 their household was augmented by a bouncy Golden Retriever named Paddy, which Nils and Kelly adopted through Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.
Fr. Nils was born and raised in England, and is half-Swedish. He moved to the US in 2010. Kelly grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Fr. Nils was the Chaplain of the Episcopal Center at Duke University and Missioner for Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of North Carolina from 2010 until moving to Armonk. Kelly is a manager for IBM, which has its global HQ in Armonk.
Prior to moving to the US, Fr. Nils spent fifteen years as an ordained minister in the Church of England working, variously, in parishes, cathedrals, universities and non-profits. He studied theology at the universities of Durham and Cambridge, England and he has a Master's in Politics and Social Policy.
In 2017, Fr. Nils was elected an alternative Deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church and to the Provincial Synod. He also represents The Episcopal Church in bilateral ecumenical relations on the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee. In the Diocese of New York, he is the Chair of the Campus Ministry Committee, and serves on the Congregational Development Commission.
Fr. Nils and Kelly enjoy creative pursuits and working in their yard. Kelly has a Certificate in Floral Design from the New York Botanical Garden, and owns a floral design company. Fr. Nils is a committed (and reasonably able) woodworker. He also loves classic cars, especially from the 60s and 70s.
We are fortunate to have very dedicated staff - both paid and volunteer. Please contact staff members via our Parish Office (details at bottom of page).
The Vestry plays an important role in the leadership and management of St. Stephen’s Church. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact the vestry person who is most closely associated with your inquiry, via the Parish Office (details below). The Vestry's Chair is the Rector.